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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 53: Is the Second Wild Card Working?/Explaining Mainstream Screeds Against Advanced Stats
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-17

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Bizball: Who is Getting the Most Bang for their Buck?
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Maury Brown

09-19

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Backing into the Playoffs
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Jay Jaffe

09-01

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Manufactured Runs: Raising the Stakes
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Colin Wyers

08-25

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The BP Wayback Machine: Blowing It
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Nate Silver

04-27

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Ahead in the Count: Expanded Playoffs, Expanded Salaries
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Matt Swartz

03-01

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The BP Wayback Machine: Wild Card: A Fairy Tale
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Nate Silver

02-22

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The Payoff Pitch: Two, Three, Many Wild Cards!
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Neil deMause

10-12

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Prospectus Hit List: Season Finale
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Jay Jaffe

10-04

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It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over
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Christina Kahrl

08-21

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Prospectus Hit List: Patchwork
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Jay Jaffe

11-07

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Divisionology
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Jay Jaffe

10-05

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Prospectus Hit List: Season Wrap-up
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Jay Jaffe

09-16

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Burning Bullpens
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Jay Jaffe

09-27

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Lies, Damned Lies: Blowing It
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Nate Silver

07-13

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Prospectus Hit List: Friday the 13th Edition
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Jay Jaffe

11-09

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Predictatron Recap
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Ben Murphy

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: The Best and Worst of Mets and Cardinals Postseason Pitching
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Jim Baker

10-06

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Three
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Joe Sheehan

10-04

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of October 2
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Jay Jaffe

09-19

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of September 19th
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Jay Jaffe

09-12

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of September 10
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Jay Jaffe

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of August 20
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Jay Jaffe

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of July 9
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Jay Jaffe

07-11

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Predictatron Pontification
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Ben Murphy

09-21

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Prospectus Today: The Wild Card
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Joe Sheehan

09-10

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Prospectus Matchups: Wilding
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Jim Baker

09-17

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Lies, Damned Lies: Wild Card: A Fairy Tale
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Nate Silver

09-10

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Playoff Tiebreakers but Were Afraid to Ask
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Christian Ruzich

07-10

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Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies
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Baseball Prospectus

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Projected 1999 National League Standings
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Projected 1998 National League Standings
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Projected 1998 American League Standings
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Ben and Sam discuss whether the second wild card has made the stretch run more exciting, then talk about why papers publish columns that criticize advanced stats without making an effort to understand them.

Ben and Sam discuss whether the second wild card has made the stretch run more exciting, then talk about why papers publish columns that criticize advanced stats without making an effort to understand them.

Episode 53: "Is the Second Wild Card Working?/Explaining Mainstream Screeds Against Advanced Stats"

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September 17, 2012 5:00 am

Bizball: Who is Getting the Most Bang for their Buck?

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Maury Brown

A look at baseball most efficient and inefficient teams and how much money helps a team's chances of making the postseason.

When it comes to running a sports team, there are ultimately several factors that come into play that determine your ability win. Clearly, you have to be able to scout and evaluate talent. After that, getting those players under contract can be tricky. In doing so, it’s critical to make the best use of whatever revenue resources you have at your disposal. Money doesn’t buy championships, but let’s face it, it doesn’t hurt.

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September 19, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Backing into the Playoffs

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Jay Jaffe

With the panic button on hold in Boston, here's a look at how poorly some teams have finished in September to still make October.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a playoff race after all. On Sunday in Boston, the Rays pounced on the Red Sox for six runs in the first five innings, taking advantage of Jarrod Saltalamacchia's inability to stop Tim Wakefield's knuckleball—the backstop was charged with four passed balls, and was party to a wild pitch as well—and won their third game in a pivotal four-game series. The win pulled Tampa Bay to two games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race with 10 games left to play. The odds are still heavily in the Sox’ favor because they play the Orioles seven times while the Rays play the Yankees seven times, but given that less than two weeks ago it appeared the playoff slate was all but sealed, even this much drama is a pleasant surprise—at least if you're not a New Englander.

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September 1, 2011 12:00 pm

Manufactured Runs: Raising the Stakes

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Colin Wyers

Settling the debate about whether the Wild Card makes the stretch run more or less exciting, and evaluating the effects of adding another one.

As October gets closer and closer, baseball fans have some shopworn sentiments to trot out:

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As we head for the season's home stretch, Nate reminds us that even comfortable leads late in the season aren't sure things.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audiencesend us your suggestion.

There's no such thing as a lock, as Nate discovered in his research on late-season collapses, which originally ran as a "Lies, Damned Lies" column on September 27, 2007.


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Team owners should think twice before approving an expanded playoff structure, since it might be only the players who'll profit.

Bud Selig recently admitted that owners and players are likely to reach an agreement to add two teams to the post-season schedule for 2012, allowing an extra wild-card match-up of one or three games to precede the divisional round. This measure may seem like it would result in extra cash for owners—in fact, that has been widely cited as the reason for its inception—but perhaps counterintuitively, it will likely fatten players’ wallets far more.

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What does a voice from BP's past have to say about the prospect of a second wild card?

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

We've offered a number of more contemporary takes on the matter, but with the prospect of a second wild card looming, let's flash back to what Nate had to say on the subject in an article that originally ran as a "Lies, Damned Lies" column on September 17, 2003.

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Could Bud Selig's plan to cram in more playoff teams have a silver lining?

Somewhere among the piles of spiral-bound notebooks stacked in my closet lies a short-lived diary titled "The Last Pennant Race." It recounts the day-by-day events of the last two months of the 1993 Yankees season, of which pretty much all I can remember is, first, that the Yankees managed to tie the eventual champion Blue Jays for first place roughly three dozen times, but never managed to take the lead on their own, and second, that in one late-season game, Don Mattingly, presaging the Jeffrey Maier incident by three years, got credit for a key home run despite it being caught by a fan leaning so far into the field of play that he could have shaken hands with the second baseman.

I chose the diary's title not because I was pessimistic about the Yankees' future—after ten years of Andy Hawkins and Torey Lovullo, I could see as well as anyone that players like Bernie Williams and Paul O'Neill were headed for bigger things—but because I knew that the term "pennant race" would never again have the same meaning. That's because it had already been announced that 1993 was the final season under the old four-division system; henceforth, the leagues were to be split in six, and wild cards would be born. (Thanks to the player strike that would wipe out the 1994 postseason, they were not actually baptized until the following season.)

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October 12, 2009 12:30 pm

Prospectus Hit List: Season Finale

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Jay Jaffe

The final breakdown of who finished where in the 30-team ranking on the season that was.

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The postscript on the stretch races of 2007, and how remarkable the blown leads and late-season successes of that year were compared to history's most epic collapses.

Given the peril the Tigers' season is in, it seems appropriate for us to bring this back to provide a sense of the history of epic collapses. This was the new chapter that was supposed to go into the paperback edition of It Ain't Over, but for reasons only the publisher can adequately explain, it didn't get inserted. Given that we've got a great race in play once again, here's what you missed.

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The Dodgers keep on rolling, however much the cast of characters seems to be revolving and evolving.

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November 7, 2008 12:24 pm

Prospectus Hit and Run: Divisionology

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Jay Jaffe

The most powerful and the most hapless divisions of the Wild Card Era.

The World Series is over, and the Rays lost, but from an analytical standpoint, they're a gift that keeps on giving. One much-discussed topic during their post-season run was the strength of the American League East, particularly during the AL Championship Series, where the Rays met and defeated their division foes, the Red Sox. It's no secret that this year's AL East was a particularly deep division in today's smaller-division setup, as its top four teams-the Rays, Red Sox, Yankees, and Blue Jays-finished above .500 and ranked among the top six teams on the year-end Hit List. The question is: Where does this division fit in historically?

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